Top High School Football Running Backs Class of 2021

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You could call Texas the Land of High School Running Backs heading into the 2020 high school football season. Six of the Top 25 running backs in the Class of 2021 hail from the Lone Star State, according to’s composite rankings.

Heading the list is Lakeview Centennial’s Camar Wheaton. The 5-star speedster still hasn’t made-up his mind about where he’ll play his college ball.

In his first three years of varsity action, Wheaton has rushed for over 3,000 yards with 40 touchdowns.

The other top-ranked running backs from Texas are: No. 4 LJ Johnson from Cy-Fair, No. 16 Ahmonte Watkins of Klein Forest, No. 19 Brandon Campbell of the Katy Tigers, No. 23 Cam’Ron Valdez of Rockdale High and No. 24 Jordan Jenkins of Lindale.

At No. 4 Johnson, Johnson topped 1,000 yards during his sophomore season. Last year, he nearly reached 2,000 yards on the ground while averaging 9.5 yards per carry with 37 touchdowns.

Coming in at No. 2 in the composite rankings is TreVeyon Henderson of Hopewell High School in Virginia. Henderson is a 5-star back who’s given his verbal to Ohio State.

As a freshman and sophomore, Henderson was a wide receiver and defensive back. He moved to running back last year, rushing for nearly 2,500 yards with 45 touchdowns. In addition, he averaged 40 yards per kickoff return and he was named Gatorade’s Virginia State Player of the Year.

The No. 3 running back is Donovan Edwards of West Bloomfield in Michigan. Edwards has 4.4 speed.

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Last season, Edwards ran for 1,326 yards with 16 touchdowns. He averaged nine yards per carry. Edwards also caught 33 balls for 419 yards with five touchdowns.

Joining Wheaton in the Ohio State backfield is Evan Pryor of Hough High School in North Carolina. Pryor, the No. 5 running back in the composite rankings, is a do-it-all back — rushing for 1,130 yards last year with 38 receptions for over 600 yards in 2019. He ran for 11 touchdowns and caught eight passes for scores.

The top junior-to-be running back is Raleek Brown of Mater Dei in California. Brown is a transfer from Edison (Huntington Beach, California) where he ran for nearly 2,700 during his first two seasons.

On Sunday, we’ll look at the nation’s top All-Purpose Backs led by Will Shipley of Weddington in North Carolina.

Running Backs, Class of 2021

No. 1 Camar Wheaton – Lakeview Centennial (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 2 TreVeyon Henderson – Hopewell (Virginia) – Ohio State

No. 3 Donovan Edwards – West Bloomfield (Michigan) – Uncommitted

No. 4 LJ Johnson – Cy-Fair (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Evan Pryor – Hough (North Carolina) – Ohio State

No. 6 Armoni Goodwin – Hewitt-Trussville (Alabama) – Auburn

No. 7 Lovasea Carroll – IMG Academy (Florida) – Georgia

No. 8 Seven McGee – East (Rochester, New York) – Oregon

No. 9 Cody Brown – Parkview (Georgia) – Tennessee

No. 10 Corey Kiner – Roger Bacon (Ohio) – LSU

No. 11 Byron Cardwell – Morse (California) – Uncommitted

No. 12 Jaylin White – Dothan (Alabama) – Uncommitted

No. 13 Thad Franklin – Chaminade-Madonna (Florida) – Miami (Florida)

No. 14 Prophet Brown – Monterey Trail (California) – Uncommitted

No. 15 Kamarro Edmonds – Havelock (North Carolina) – North Carolina

No. 16 Ahmonte Watkins – Klein Forest (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 17 Phil Mafah – Grayson (Georgia) – Clemson

No. 18 Jaylen Anderson – Perry (Ohio) – West Virginia

No. 19 Brandon Campbell – Katy (Texas) – USC

No. 20 Mar’Keise Irving – Hillcrest (Illinois) – Minnesota

No. 21 Audric Estime – St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey) – Uncommitted

No. 22 Ricky Parks – Gaither (Florida) – Uncommitted

No. 23 Cam’Ron Valdez – Rockdale (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 24 Jordan Jenkins – Lindale (Texas) – Baylor

No. 25 Javion Hunt – Carl Albert (Oklahoma) – Arkansas

Running Backs, Class of 2022

No. 1 Raleek Brown – Mater Dei (California) – Uncommitted

No. 2 Emmanuel Henderson – Geneva County (Alabama) – Uncommitted

No. 3 George Pettaway – Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (Virginia) – Uncommitted

No. 4 Gavin Sawchuck – Valor Christian (Colorado) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Jovantae Barners – Desert Pines (Nevada) – Uncommitted

No. 6 Le’veon Moss – Istrouma (Louisiana) – Uncommitted

No. 7 Jaydon Blue – Klein Cain (Texas) – Uncommitted

No. 8 Nicholas Singleton – Governor Mifflin (Pennsylvania) – Uncommitted

No. 9 Rayshon Luke – St. John Bosco (California) – Uncommitted

No. 10 TreVonte Citizen – Lake Charles (Louisiana) – Uncommitted

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